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Workforce Acceleration Grants and the WorkOne System. December 8, 2009 ISFFA Winter Conference Indianapolis. Today’s Presenter. Nate Klinck Director of Policy Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Email: Phone: 317-233-6078.

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workforce acceleration grants and the workone system

Workforce Acceleration Grants and the WorkOne System

December 8, 2009

ISFFA Winter Conference


today s presenter
Today’s Presenter

Nate Klinck

Director of Policy

Indiana Department of Workforce Development


Phone: 317-233-6078

indiana s workforce investment system
Indiana’s Workforce Investment System
  • Overseen by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • Oversees multiple state and federal workforce programs:
    • Unemployment Insurance
    • Work Opportunity Tax Credit
    • Trade Adjustment Assistance
    • Reemployment Services / Wagner-Peyser Act
    • Workforce Investment Act
workforce investment system structure
Workforce Investment System Structure
  • DWD works with State Workforce Innovation Council to oversee WIA services throughout the State
  • Two Workforce Boards in State – IPIC and Balance of State
workforce investment system structure cont
Workforce Investment System Structure (cont.)
  • Balance of State Workforce is comprised of 11 Regions, overseen by Regional Workforce Boards
  • Regional Workforce Boards procure Regional Operators to manage day-to-day operations at WorkOne Centers
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Workforce Investment System Structure (cont.)
  • All eleven Regions and Marion County have at least on full-service WorkOne Center, and a number of WorkOne Express Offices
    • Total Number of WorkOne Offices = 27 Full-Service Offices and 65 Express Offices
  • Services offered at WorkOne Offices include:
    • Career Counseling
    • Job Search Assistance
    • Resume Writing Assistance
    • Pre-Vocational Training – remediation, adult education
    • Occupational Skills Training
workone funded training
WorkOne-funded Training
  • Guiding rules for “training” are defined in the Workforce Investment Act
  • What many refer to as education, workforce system refers to as “occupational skill training”
  • Training must be directly linked to occupations that are in demand
  • Participants must be case managed throughout the entire process. Potential Participants at WorkOnes must:
    • Have eligibility determined;
    • Receive interview, evaluation, and/or assessment – be determined in “need” of training and have the ability to successfully complete the training;
    • Check-in regularly with case managers/counselors throughout their training
  • Training programs available through WorkOnes are not entitlement programs
workforce acceleration grants
Workforce Acceleration Grants
  • State of Indiana received $59 million in additional WIA funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
    • Funds must be spent by June 30, 2011
    • Cannot be used to “supplant” any State funds utilized for training/education
  • State Workforce Innovation Council allocated $18.6 million of these funds to the 11 Regions to implement the Workforce Acceleration Grants program
    • IPIC (Marion County) received separate pool of funds from ARRA, and is voluntarily participating in WAG
workforce acceleration grants9
Workforce Acceleration Grants
  • Workforce Acceleration Grants uses Federal Stimulus money to help eligible students offset the unfunded cost of education (up to $3,000 per academic year)
  • Workforce Acceleration Grants can be used to supplement federal and state student financial-assistance and may replace a student’s federally determined Expected Family Contribution
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Workforce Acceleration Grants
  • Workforce Acceleration Grants may only be applied to tuition, fees, and books.
  • Federal (Pell) and State Grants must be applied to cost of attendance before the application of Workforce Acceleration Grants is permitted.
who is eligible
Who is Eligible?
  • All participants of this program must be 18 years of age or older and have a legal right to work in the U.S. Participants must also fall into one of the two groups below:
  • Low-Income participant:
    • Family receives federal, state, or local public assistance; or
    • Total family income at or below federal poverty level ($23,239 for family of four).
  • Unemployed Worker:
    • Unlikely to return to previous occupation/career field; AND
    • Falls into ONE of the following categories
      • Unemployed through no fault of their own
      • Received notice of impending layoff;
      • Spouse of dislocated worker (earning less than 50% of family income);
      • Self-employed, but business closed as a result of economic conditions.
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Who is Eligible?
  • Students MUST be pursuing a degree or certification that will place them into high-demand or high-wage jobs
    • Should be occupational or vocational
    • Study must lead toward an associate degree or an accredited certificate program
      • No bachelor or other advanced degrees
    • General studies and liberal arts programs are NOT covered
what can you do
What Can You Do?
  • Refer eligible applicants to the local WorkOne office.
    • The location of the WorkOne office can be found at the WorkOne Works website:
what can you do14
What Can You Do?
  • Help fill out Workforce Acceleration Grant application

Part A will be filled out by the applicant and by WorkOne Staff

Part B will be completed by the Financial Aid Officer at the institution the student will be attending

Part C Will be Completed by the WorkOne staff

the application form part a
The Application Form: Part A

This part of the application form gathers pertinent information about the students and their chosen schools.

This part of the Form is where the student acknowledges that information will be shared between the Financial Aid Administrator and WorkOne.

On this part, the WorkOne Office supplies its contact information. This is where the application must be returned after Part B is completed.

the application form part b
The Application Form: Part B

This is the part of the form that will be completed by the Financial Aid Officer.

Please enter the federally determined Expected Family Contribution here.

Though WAG grants are able to cover this money, it still needs to be included on the form. Once the form is returned to WorkOne, steps will be taken to reduce or eliminate this number when the grant amount is calculated.

The form asks for each of the applicant’s financial resources.

the application form part c
The Application Form: Part C

Grants will be issued to students in the form of vouchers.

These vouchers may be redeemed for tuition, fees, and books at the student’s institution of higher education.

This part of the application will be filled out by WorkOne Staff as they determine the dollar amount, up to $3,000 per academic year, that the applicant is qualified to receive.

grant application process
Grant Application Process
  • Student referred to WorkOne
    • WorkOne Staff will work with the student to determine their eligibility and complete an individual employment plan
    • Student will begin to fill out the application form
  • Student will take the application form to financial aid administrator at his or her school
    • FAA will fill out Part B of the form. This includes calculating the total cost of education and the total amount of grants or other aid the student has been awarded
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Grant Application Process
  • Student returns form to WorkOne, where the total unfunded cost of his or her education will be determined
  • Student’s unfunded cost of education is equal to the total cost of education minus all of the grants and other aid awards the student has. For the purposes of Workforce Acceleration Grants, the expected family contribution will be calculated, by WorkOne Staff, as $0
sample numbers
Sample Numbers

Students total cost of Education: $5,500

Pell Grant: $2,000

State Grant: $1,000

Expected Family contribution: $500

how grant is calculated at workone
How Grant is Calculated at WorkOne

$5,500 Total cost


$2,000 Pell Grant


$1,000 State aid


$500 Expected Family Contribution


$2,500 Unfunded cost of education

Workforce Acceleration Grants may be used to help offset a student’s Expected Family Contribution. This means that, even though it must be included on the form, it is not included when figuring out the size of the Workforce Acceleration Grant for which a student qualifies.

  • After a student receives a Workforce Acceleration Grant, he or she will be assigned a case manager at the WorkOne office. This case manager will assist the student throughout their training and will help them locate employment
  • Information about WorkOne can be found at the WorkOne portal:
workforce acceleration grants single point of contact
Region 1

Krystal Levi

Regional WorkOne Mgr

Center of Workforce Innovations

2804 Boilermaker Court, Ste. E

Valparaiso, IN

P: 219-462-2940

Region 2

Tom Primrose

Director of Workforce Facilities

Partners for Workforce Solutions

851 S. Marietta St

South Bend, IN

P: 574-237-9675 x 1063

Workforce Acceleration Grants Single Point of Contact
  • Region 3

Lisa Mungovan

Director of WorkOne Initiatives

Partners for Workforce Solutions

300 E. Main Street, Ste. 100

Ft. Wayne, IN

P: 260-459-1400 x 4516

  • Region 4

Deborah Waymire

Chief Operations Officer

Tecumseh Area Partnership

976 Mezzanine Dr, Suite C

Lafayette, IN 47905

P: 765-807-0882

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Region 5

Alison Cole

Director of Policy and Programs

Indiana Region 5 Workforce Board

891 South Street

Greenfield, IN

P: 317-467-0845

Workforce Acceleration Grants Single Point of Contact
  • Region 6

Mellisa Leaming

Director of Operations

Alliance for Strategic Growth

122 E. Main Street

Muncie, IN

P: 765-282-6400 x 112

  • Region 7

Renee Hankins

System Director

WorkOne Western Indiana

1700 E. Industrial Drive

Terre Haute, IN

P: 812-298-2364

  • Region 8

John Corcoran

Cocoran and Wishart

2597 West Vernal Pike

Bloomington, IN

P: 812-332-4496

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Region 9

Alison Cole

Director of Policy and Programs

Indiana Region 9 Workforce Board

500 Industrial Drive, Suite 144

Lawrenceburg, IN

P: 812-537-4949

Workforce Acceleration Grants Single Point of Contact
  • Region 10

Tony Waterson

Regional Director

WorkOne Region 10

3310 Grant Line Road

New Albany, IN

P: 812-941-6423

  • Region 11

Kay Johnson

System Performance Specialist

Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce

318 Main St, Suite 504

Evansville, IN

P: 812-492-4508

  • IPIC – Marion County

William Miller

Director, Workforce Initiatives

Indianapolis Private Industry Council

151 N. Delaware, Suite 1600

- Indianapolis, IN

- P: 317-684-2242

success to date through oct 31 2009
Success to Date (through Oct. 31, 2009)
  • 2,085 Enrolled in WAG program
  • $2.6 million expended
  • Too early to project outcomes
    • # completed training
    • # placed into employment in related industry
    • # retained employment after six months
    • Average income of participants following training

Nate Klinck

Director of Policy

Indiana Department of Workforce Development